This time of year, thoughts of people around the world turn to the birth story of Jesus. A popular song, “Mary did you know?” asks several questions like “Did you know your baby boy would one day rule the nations… that this child you delivered will soon deliver you?”
In Max Lucado’s book, God Came Near, he asks Mary 25 questions:
As a mother, I’ve wondered what Jesus was like as a child and what kind of memories Mary held close to her heart. Mothers all believe their children are capable of greatness, but Mary received first-hand information from an angel that her son would be the Savior of the world. Yes, she knew! On at least one occasion, she came to see him at work. She encouraged the first miracle. She was there at the crucifixion. She gathered with the disciples, praying and worshiping after the church began. Human babies enter the world completely dependent on their parents for every need. Jesus gave up the throne of Heaven, humbly lived on this earth, and suffered the death of a criminal. His mother took care of him, but He chose her to be the woman to give Him life.